Leaders spend much of their time figuring out complex systems and how to motivate employees but an interesting lesson comes from the set of the new Star Wars movie. Jedi mind tricks?
JJ Abrams, the Director of the upcoming seventh Star Wars film, has written a note to cast and crew to motivate them for the much anticipated project.
Ahead of filming for the latest Star Wars film in the saga, JJ Abrams sent a handwritten note to everyone involved in order to engage and motivate them all to give the world “something great.”
The note reads: “Dearest cast and crew, what an honor it is, to work beside all of you, on Star Wars Episode VII. I can’t thank you enough, for all work past and future.
“Let’s take good care, of not just ourselves, but each other. Amazing, but true: The world awaits this film. Let’s give ‘em something great. XO JJ”
Filming started in May 2014, with the expected release date of the film to be December 2015.
The cast will be made up of both returning actors – such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher – and some new talent in the form of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, to name a few.
Following the cast announcement in April, Abrams said: “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again.”
So the lesson to other leaders in all fields from one of the most successful film producers and directors of recent years…build engagement with the personal touch. May the force we with you all.